The Scottsboro varsity girls and boys indoor track and field teams opened their seasons on a strong note.

Scottsboro finished second in the varsity boys standings and fifth in the varsity girls division during the Magic City Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex on Saturday.

Hoover (112 points) edged Scottsboro (90) in the varsity boys division for the title. In the varsity girls division, Ramsay (83 points) took the top spot while Whitesburg Christian (75) was second, McGill-Toolen (66.33) third, Hoover fourth (64.50) and Scottsboro fifth (63).

“I was very proud of our performances at our season opener. Overall, we were better this year at the first meet than we were last year,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson, whose teams were the Class 4A-5A state runners-up a year ago. “In the jumps and throws, we had some great marks early on. Lot of athletes are already close to their PRs (personal records) early in the season. In the running events, I thought we had a pretty good meet. We definitely still have some work to do. For us right now, meets are just another training day. In other words, we aren't easing up on the training intensity just because we have a meet this weekend.”

The SHS boys won three events during Saturday’s meet. 

Rio Reyes won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 8 inches while Cooper Atkins won the 3200-meter run (9:47.63) just in front of teammates Hayden Judge (9:47.70) and Rex Green (10:22.08), who finished second and third respectively. 

The Scottsboro “A” 4x800-meter relay team of Atkins, Judge, Bobby Parsons and Benson Atkins teamed up to win (8:26.81) while the “B” relay team of Will Coleman, Green, Timo Van der Linden and Hal Leighton finished third (8:49.61) and the “C’ relay team of Zach Avenel, Ben Gossett, Josue Vela Castillo and Brady Thomas  was eighth (9:15.06).

Scottsboro’s “A” 4x400 relay team of Van Der Linden, Parsons, Leighton and Coleman finished fifth (3:54.43) while the “B” relay team of Conner Massey, Brady Thompson, Patrick Miller and Logan Roberts were ninth (4:05.77).

Alex Cantrell notched a runner-up finish in the triple jump (40 feet, 6.75 inches) while Christian Hutson was sixth (35-9.75), and Hutson finished fourth (12 feet) and Maddox Hamm (J12-00) fifth in the pole vault. 

Scottsboro had four runners finish in the top-eight in the 800-meter run, with Parsons finishing fourth (2:09.72), Coleman fifth (2:11.36), Leighton sixth (2:13.29) and Roberts eighth (2:14.88). In the long jump, Cantrell finished fifth (17-09), Reyes seventh (17-03) and Hutson 10th (16-10). Hutson also finished 14th (7.77 seconds) in the 60-meter dash and Parsons was 18th in the 400 (56.42).

Castillo finished fifth (4:48.16), Avenal 12th (4:55.91), Gossett 14th (5:03.26) and Evan Hill 20th (5:12.11) in the 1600 while Nathan Jones was ninth (34-05) in the shot put and Jonah Warren was 20th (27-09.5).

Meanwhile, the Scottsboro girls had a number of Top-10 finishes, led by Isabella Noble’s second-place finish (12:04.72) in the 3200, which also had Scottsboro’s Emma Bradford place third (12:22.09), McCall Chandler fourth (12:22.14) and Maddie Gossett seventh (13:31.29). 

Isabel Wynn recorded three Top-5 finishes for the Wildcats, placing third in the high jump (4-10) and the triple jump (33-07.25) and fourth in the long jump (15-03).

Lauren Hamm finished third (9-06) and Makayla Keel was sixth (7-06) in the pole vault while Hamm was sixth in the high jump (J4-10) and Halie Allen was seventh in the triple jump (29-09) and 14th in the long jump (12-04.25). 

Scottsboro had six Top-20 finishes in the shot put, with Savannah Greczkowski finishing eighth (23-10), Emily Fortson 12th (22-08), Madison Kubon 14th (22-05), Rainy Hicklen 17th (20-07), Mattie Watwood 19th (19-04) and Abigail Smith 20th (17-01.5).

Emily Littles finished eighth (2:50.80) and Kenzie Gorman 12th (3:05.67) in the 800 while Sadie Latham was ninth (6:08.03), Kaylee Farr 19th (6:32.87) and Lauren Judge 20th (6:35.42). 

Scottsboro’s “A” 4x800-meter relay team of Littles, Maddie Gossett, McCall Chandler and Noble finished fourth (11:02.03) while the “B” relay team of Farr, Latham, Lauren Judge and Emma Bradford was fourth (11:44.63) and the “C” relay team of Gorman, Annabelle Parrish, Shelton Linville and Skylar Farr was ninth (12:15.24). Halie Allen, Hanna Allen, Charlsi Henderson and Lauren Paradise teamed up to finished seventh (2:01.17) in the 4x200-meter relay and Henderson, Paradise, Courtney Cleveland and Littles finished seventh (4:47.02) in the 4x400 relay.

Scottsboro returns to the Birmingham Crossplex on Friday for the Holiday Invitational’s Class 1A-5A meet.

“This Friday, a lot of our runners will get moved around to other events,” Robinson said, “so we will have a much better idea of where we stand as a team.”  

Section boys place in team standings — the Lions registered seven points and finished  33rd among the 40 teams in the varsity boys standings at Saturday’s Magic City Invitational.

Section’s points came on Juan Ramon Chapparo’s fifth-place finish (38-02 and Cole Strawn’s sixth-place finish (36-08) in the shot put. Wiley McCutchen also had an 11th-place finish in the long jump (16-07.5).

In the girls meet, Section’s Hannah Venable finished 13th (22-06).

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